Chester Hawkins sat down for an online interview atop his new home in Baltimore to discuss pandemics, cicadas, and making music. Hawkins is responsible for a track on our upcoming compilation, Tymbal. For Tymbal, participating artists were limited to using only a sample set of Brood X cicada field recordings made by Noel Mueller and Beau Finley.
April 12th is the 57th anniversary of the first manned flight into space. We’re paying tribute to humanity’s exploration of space with a compilation made entirely from radio emissions recorded by spacecraft and converted to audio.
This compilation features a wide array of compositions by Chester Hawkins, Arthur Loves Plastic, J. Surak, Michael Hendley, Love of Ruins, Fast Forty, Small Craft, Immanent Voiceless, BLK TAG, NarkotroniK, Inffinte Sstar Zzero, and PraxisCat.
Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, D.C. experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.
The compilation features twenty-one artists (twenty-two for the downloadable version) who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for flyers he designed to promote shows around the DC area. Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.
There’s something about the word afoot that is fun to say. Maybe it’s because of Sherlock Holmes. 2016 is looking to be quite the year for the Panda after a slow 2015. First up will be Halfbytes, the glitch art project of J.S. Adams and Chester Hawkins. Halfbytes’s debut will be of the Temporary Release variety. This will be followed up by another Temporary Release Program album, also including J.S. Adams: BLKTAG. From there, we’re looking at the long-awaited drone compilation Excerpts from Ten Innovative Workout Tapes.
A few new releases are on the way! Oddly enough, two are by bands that capitalize their entire band names.
FACE-EATERS OF HONG KONG is up first. Their debut EP, EATING FACES EP, will be available in August on a pay what you want basis. It was recorded in Texas and DC and sounds like super crazy music from the future.
After that, we’ll have the debut of the cross-country drone band RETIREMENT. Based in DC and California, RETIREMENT does glacially-paced intense drones. Their EP is brought to you by Small Craft and STUPID CHILDREN.
We will also be releasing a drone compilation, featuring a number of great artists from DC. There will be more on this later, but it sounds awesome.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Vents Program has made public a series of underwater recordings of whales, ships, unknown sounds, and even earthquakes. Using only those publicly available samples, Keep, Michael Hendley, and Beau Finley each created their tracks.